Thursday, May 21, 2009

Waiting On Peavy

Maybe I was doing some super secret scouting for the White Sox when I entered Wrigley Field earlier this month. OK, maybe not. One can fantasize, can't they?

There appears to be a deal in place that would send Jake Peavy to the White Sox in exchange for four pitchers. The only pitchers confirmed are 2007 number one draft pick, Aaron Peroda and Clayton Richard. The other two have not been revealed yet, although I've been assured that Gordon Beckham is not in the deal. That's a dealbreaker.

Peavy would be a fine addition to the rotation. He's been struggling this year, as the numbers would tell you, but his poor record is more the fault of a lousy offense and a poor bullpen.

If Aaron Poreda is included, he must not be mastering the additional pitch that the Sox had him working on this year. Poreda is a tough one to lose, but on the upside, he hasn't proven anything yet. Clayton Richard is less of a loss, but tough nonetheless. Clayton is a versatile pitcher who can move between the rotation and the bullpen. That's becoming more and more difficult to find.

This may prove to be nothing more than hype, since the entire deal hinges on Peavy's approval. Peavy just happens to have a full no trade clause in his contract. Peavy's current deal is through 2012 with a club option for 2013.

The White Sox and Padres are on board. It's your move, Peavy.


Deader than disco. Peavy vetoed the deal because the White Sox would not guarantee 2013 for $22 million. I can understand both sides on this one.


Joe said...

I'm not a Padres fan, but I follow them closely since I live in San Diego. If you guys manage to pawn those "prospects" off on the Padres it'd be the steal of the decade. Peavy is a great pitcher. Sure, his numbers don't always look it, but like you said in your post, the team around him sucks. He's capable of double digit K's and a complete game any given night!

He's pretty much the last reason for anyone to consider paying to see the Padres play... unfortunately, word out here (and all over the internet by now) is that he's not going to sign off on the deal, though that could just be wishful thinking from whatever Padres fans still remain.

Steve Gierman said...

My main concern with the trade is with Peavy himself. Petco is a pitchers park and the Cell is a hitters park. Would Peavy's talent be enough to overcome a home park catered more towards the hitters?

I think he could and Scott Linebrink certainly thinks that he could. I've been hearing rumors of Lance Broadway being the third pitcher in the deal. The fourth has yet to be hinted at.

If the trade happens, I'm all for it. If it doesn't, I'm not going to brood about it. The more the layers are peeled away, the more it looks like there are too many reservations on Peavy's side.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Lance Broadway... between him and Jimmy Gobble - who you just wrote a piece on - what the hell happened today against the Twinkies?!?!

Steve Gierman said...

Your guess is as good as mine. Carrasco seemed to be the only good Sox pitcher today. What didn't help was Betemit's two throwing errors.

By scoring one run in the eighth inning, the Sox avoided losing by the largest deficit in team history. Instead, they tied a record set in 2002, losing by 19 runs.

GOGOSOX60 said...

This trade could have been the Sox making the Jay Cutler trade of football.
How ever since Peavy has vetoed the trade, we still need to look for another arm as Gavin Floyd does not look sharp this year, and Danks may also have an off year?

The pitching has been so inconsistent that we can't seem to get a decent 5 or 6 game winning streak going this year???

And the Sox at this time were in first place by 6 or 7 games in front of the Twins...and now we are already almost 7 games out....ouch!

dayf said...

At least it didn't drag out for two months like with us! :)

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